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Madcap Jane Austen Show Hits the Stage at ImprovBoston

Wheel of Austen - directed by John Herman

A new improv comedy show I am directing is finally ready for the main stage! Wheel of Austen, an hour-long improvised comedy inspired by the works of Jane Austen plays Fridays in May and June at 8pm at ImprovBoston. Audiences will watch Boston’s top comedians bring a new Jane Austen-inspired novel to life as classic characters encounter new situations.  Throughout each performance, audience members will spin the “Wheel of Austen” as the cast plays with the conventions of Jane Austen’s work in unexpected ways. Wheel of Austen stars seasoned improvisers Noah Sheola, Chris Bujold, Michelle Boncek, Benjamin Scurria, Alex LeBaron, Elyse Schuerman, Lexie Koss, and Jenna O’Brien.

Dates:  May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24.
Time: 8pm for all dates.
Price:  $16 general admission, $12 for students and seniors
Location: Main Theater at ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St, Cambridge MA.
For tickets & reservations, please visit www.improvboston.com

Improv Comedy 2.0 RETURNS!

From my improv comedy troupe‘s latest press release:

NH Comedians Take to the Web for Live Interactive Performance

What happens when the Youtube generation meets ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’-style comedy live on the Web? Improv comedy troupe Stranger Than Fiction plans to find out. The New Hampshire cast will broadcast an interactive performance on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30 PM via live video stream provider Mogulus. Viewers will contribute ideas through a chat room and watch their ideas come to life instantly. At show time, viewers can log in for free at http://www.mogulus.com/improvcomedy

Stranger Than Fiction LIVE improv comedy
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Improv Comedy 2.0

Stranger Than Fiction LIVE improv comedy

This is a still from the first ever live web video broadcast of Stranger Than Fiction improv comedy. Suggestions for scenes were taken exclusively through live audience interaction in a chat room. My experiment was a big success. We used Mogulus to produce the show. We are pretty sure this is the first time the web has been used in this way by improv comedians. Everyone in the cast was excited by the positive response. The audience demanded we do it again soon!

“The Future” awarded by The Center for the Book at the NH State Public Library

John Herman and the 451 Degree Filmmaker Challenge, S.N.O.B. Film Festival

The Center for the Book at the NH State Library awarded “The Future” for best capturing the essence of the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I directed the movie with improv comedians Stranger Than Fiction for the 451 Degree Filmmaker Challenge hosted by the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival.

UPDATE: Steve Garfield featured “The Future” in his latest episode of Vlog Soup. Steve’s take on the future is a must see!

“The Future” video posted on Youtube!

In honor of Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, and in association with the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival, I directed a new video last night with the improv comedians of Stranger Than Fiction. It is called “The Future” and I get to wear my favorite costume again! Look closely for two books by excellent New Hampshire authors (James Patrick Kelly and Ernest Hebert). Enjoy!

And here is a response video from the vlogfather Steve Garfield!

Stranger Than Fiction: Improv Comedy Update

I am Artistic Director of New Hampshire’s improvisational comedy troupe, Stranger Than Fiction. We are in the middle of a crazy summer of weekly shows, workshops, and other special events. Come out and see us sometime!

Every Tuesday night (all summer), we perform at the Players’ Ring of Portsmouth. Every third-Thursday of the month, we take the stage at the stylish B-Lounge at The Barley House (across from the capitol) in Concord. Also, last week, I trained the historic role players at Strawbery Banke on how to improvise and be better role players, and I am excited to get back there and see them in action. Also, we have two big special events coming up. First is our original Late Night Summer Series production, Time Battle. Secondly, our improv retreat and festival, Camprov.

Stranger Than Fiction Improv comedy

Neutrino Video Projects: Boston, Nov 11th, ImprovBoston

Neutrino Boston aims to revolutionize the Saturday night movie viewing experience. With three camera crews racing around with three sets of actors, the multi-media improv comedy troupe literally produces a movie while the audience watches it. The show debuts a new monthly late night slot at ImprovBoston this Saturday, November 11th at 11:20 PM. This is a show shouldn’t be missed. I produce this experimental group, and the director tells me that I will be running too. Be there for the entertainment revolution!

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I heart Boston Media Makers

Steve Garfield invited me to speak at a fantastic monthly meetup called Boston Media Makers. Boston Media Makers is a group of local video producers, video bloggers, podcasters, artists, and creative people who want to get together and share what they are doing over coffee on a Sunday morning. This past Sunday I spoke about a project I’m producing called Boston Neutrino. The Neutrino Video Project was started in NYC by a daring troupe of improvisational theater performers. With three cameras and a large technical crew, Neutrino takes to the streets to shoot, edit, score, and mix a completely improvised movie in the time it takes for you to watch it. The show has been heralded in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Detroit, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C. You will hear more about the project as we get closer to the troupe’s performance at ImprovBoston in November. In the meantime, check out Boston Media Makers. There is a play-by-play of yesterday’s meeting on the site. And I can’t wait until next month!